Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Rochelle—A blood drive will be held on Sunday, June 25, in memory of Dr. Paul Packer, a local physician who practiced medicine for over 40 years with commitment and compassion for his patients.

Sponsored with New York Blood Center (NYBC), the drive will be hosted by Congregation Anshe Sholom, 50 North Avenue, New Rochelle from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the main ballroom, as the community faces a summer blood shortage. The summer months are when the blood supply typically takes a dip but the needs of local hospital patients remain steady.

Known among his friends and family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, healer and friend, Dr. Packer was well known for his diagnostic knowledge and support for his community, according to his family who are asking all to honor his memory and save a life by donating blood.

Drive coordinators are working with the community in a strong show of support with the family and friends of Dr. Packer, as they know saving lives by giving blood made Dr. Packer extremely joyful. Please join in and help patients in need. Donors must be at least 16 years old (with signed parental permission on NYBC form) and weigh 110 pounds or more. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors under age 19. Please bring NYBC donor card for faster service or photo or signature ID. Drink and eat before donating. Medical eligibility questions can be answered by calling 1-800-688-0900 or coming to the blood drive.

Appointments to donate blood can be made by calling New York Blood Center at 800-933-2566 or by going online to Group Code #69292 or

To donate blood or platelets or for information on how to organize a blood drive, please call toll free: 1-800-933-2566. Visit

If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please ask someone to donate for you, or consider volunteering at a local blood drive.

About New York Blood Center

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. Founded in 1964, NYBC, along with its partner organizations Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC) and Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), based in St. Paul, Minnesota, collect approximately 3,300 units of blood products each day, serving local communities of more than 25 million people in New York, New Jersey, parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, the Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota and Nebraska.

NYBC and its partners also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services, while NYBC’s National Cord Blood Program (NCBP) at the Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center is home to the world’s largest public cord blood bank. NYBC is also home to a renowned research institute, which—among other milestones—developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood-purification technology.



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By Sharon Zetts



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